CPL 2022 bowls off Aug 30! Women’s edition set for same date

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have confirmed that this year’s CPL event will feature a women’s tournament with three franchise teams competing for the first Women’s CPL (WCPL) title. The three teams will showcase the best women’s cricketers from across the Caribbean with overseas stars rounding out the teams.

The three teams who will compete in the inaugural WCPL will be Barbados RoyalsGuyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders

The women’s tournament will take place during the men’s event inside the Hero CPL tournament window which this year will run from 30 August and 30 September.

The 2022 tournament will be celebrating 10 years of the Biggest Party in Sport and enters its 10th season off the back of a highly successful 2021, with over half a billion viewers tuning in for the second successive year.

Ricky Skerritt, CWI President commented: “Increasing the opportunities for West Indian women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of CWI’s strategic priorities, and we are delighted that we have been able to partner with CPL to further the expansion plans that we had first unveiled in 2019 prior to the arrival of the Covid Pandemic. We are confident that all CPL women’s games will be highly competitive and will add quality entertainment to our fans in the region and around the world.”  

Hero CPL will be played across more countries this year, with three Caribbean countries being selected for the group stages and fourth venue being chosen for the finals.  CPL anticipates that this four-venue structure could become the norm for future seasons.  

Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “The addition of a women’s event to the CPL is something that has been an ambition for a long time and we are very pleased that it has become a reality. We would like to thank CWI for working with us to make this happen. The Women’s T10 Challenge which took place during the 2019 CPL was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next step forward.

“We are very pleased to confirm the dates for the 2022 tournament and with travel around the world and region becoming easier CPL will be able to visit more than one country this year, so fans can enjoy CPL in person once again.” 

CWI has confirmed that a window has been created in an otherwise very busy international schedule so that all selected West Indies players will be available for this year’s Men’s and Women’s CPL tournaments.


Amazing all-round show from Shepherd secures semi-final spot for the Guyana Amazon Warriors

Guyana Amazon Warriors 142/7 (Shepherd 72*, Hemraj 21; Wasim 3/15, Green 2/19) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 128 (Green 31, Walton 20; Smith 3/20, Shepherd 3/31) by 14 runs

Guyana Amazon Warriors confirmed their place in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-finals with a second consecutive win over the Jamaica Tallawahs. 

Just like the previous encounter between the two sides the Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first, and although they found themselves in a perilous position at 75/7 – a blistering Romario Shepherd 72 not out ensured they set a target the Tallawahs never looked likely to chase.

In reply the Tallawahs once again succumbed to a heavy defeat as their innings never got going amidst a cluster of regular wickets. Only late hitting from Chris Green prevented them falling to a heavy defeat.

Guyana got their innings off to a slow start as Imad Wasim and Green made early inroads to leave the Amazon Warriors teetering on 36/3.

It was to go from bad to worse when the set Chandrapaul Hemraj holed out in the deep before Shamarh Brooks took a fantastic running catch to remove the dangerous Nicholas Pooran for 9.

Wasim then struck twice in his final over to leave the Amazon Warriors at risk of not making 100. 

However, Shepherd’s power hitting counterattack took the Amazon Warriors to a very healthy 142/7 to pile all the pressure back on the Tallawahs.

The Tallawahs reply got off to a poor start when they lost the clean hitting Kennar Lewis and Kirk Mckenzie to a double wicket maiden over from Imran Tahir.

With the run rate rising Chadwick Walton offered brief respite with some boundary hitting before Hemraj got him to hole out to in the deep.

Wickets continued to fall as Smith and Shepherd got in on the act and at 42/6 the Tallawahs were left to rely on Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell to pull off an unlikely victory.

Some late heroics from Green gave them some hope but they ultimately fell to defeat and exited the tournament. 

(Story from CPLT20.com)

Pooran’s 75*, Motie’s 3/25 & Smith’s 3/21 hand Guyana Amazon Warriors victory

Guyana Amazon Warriors 169/6 (Pooran 75*, Hetmyer 23; Russell 2/35, Green 1/17) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 123 all out (Mckenzie 28, Brooks 21; Smith 3/21, Motie 3/25) by 46 runs

Guyana Amazon Warriors have one foot in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-finals following a 46-run victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs

The Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first and captain Nicholas Pooran led the way with a brutal 75 not out to set the Tallawahs 170 to win.

In reply the Tallawahs succumbed to a heavy defeat as Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie combined to bowl the Amazon Warriors to victory.

Guyana got their innings off to a steady start amassing 46 runs in the PowerPlay but they had to contend with the loss of Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj in doing so.

Despite Shimron Hetmyer then running himself out, Nicholas Pooran and Shoaib Malik put together a partnership of 54 runs from 33 balls to place Guyana in a strong position with six overs to go.

Pooran then took on the responsibility of getting his side into a good position and his pyrotechnics at the back end of the innings ensured Guyana Amazon Warriors posted a very competitive 169/6.

The Tallawahs were able to keep pace with the required run rate in the early stages of their reply as Haider Ali and Kirk Mckenzie overcame the loss of Kennar Lewis to put on a 41-run partnership.

Odean Smith’s entry into the attack proved pivotal as his two wickets in two balls swung the pendulum back in Guyana’s favour and he wasn’t done there as he also got rid of Andre Russell in a wonderful wicket maiden over.

Alongside Smith, Gudakesh Motie spun a web as his three wickets helped ensure there was no chance of an unlikely win for the Tallawahs.

The victory for the Amazon Warriors means the Tallawahs will now have to win the return game to make the semi-finals.

(Story from CPLT20.COM)

Sherfane Rutherford makes a case for a spot in the Windies T20 World Cup Squad

By Dev Tyagi

What’s with strong will and Guyanese batsmen?!? First, there was the iconic world cup winning captain Sir Clive Lloyd. Then, the ‘Tiger’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul- the messiah of many a batting effort going down the drain. A savior, truth be told who turned many perilous innings into a vehicle of stability. And subsequently, the understated legend turned huge underachiever- Carl Hooper- who could play the elegant shots as well as he could block deliveries that could rattle the best in the business.

Little wonder they called him the king, King Carl!

Now, a rising force from that part of the Caribbean that’s always contributed to the West Indies but has also remained undermined, on occasions, Sherfane Rutherford is Guyana’s rising force.

And who knows could well go onto become a recurring feature of the West Indies limited-overs cricket team.

Though, most important for Rutherford, all of 23, would be the ongoing CPL, where he’s only recently produced a startling knock that must surely have knocked on the selector’s doors.

For it’s the selectors he’d want to target for they are entrusted with the massive responsibility of establishing the final squad for the mother of all cricketing battles- the fast-approaching T20 World Cup.

A few hours ago, when much of the world was awaiting, perhaps with endless anticipation, the start of the India versus England 4th Test, one young man, miles away from England or India was doing his fair bit for the flourishing St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

In that format of the game where teams like Mumbai have given pride to all Indians, Sherfane Rutherford’s explosive batting has offered delight not just to the Guyanese people, but all ‘Patriots’ in the Caribbean.

Not a flash in the pan batsman where the 2021 season has shown, both the last two contests featuring the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have yielded wins, the chief architect of which has been none other than Sherfane Rutherford.

With match-winning fifties in both games, a 58 off just 34 against the Amazon Warriors followed by a 26-ball-50 against the Tallawahs, Rutherford’s bat been oozing fire of lately.

Of his 108 bravely powered runs, 60 have come by virtue of sixes, 10 in one contest and 4 in another.

With shots all around the ground, including the growingly familiar whack over long off for a huge hit, Rutherford is leaving bowlers rudderless at the moment.

Make no mistake for he’s not been pitted against regular pushovers; Fidel Edwards, Andre Russell, Imran Tahir and the likes aren’t the easiest to score against, forget plundering them for runs.

But the left-handed batsman has been on a different mission altogether in the 2021 edition of the CPL, ensuring that if the T20 league is the biggest party in the Caribbean then it’s his beats that produce the thudding sounds.

What these fifties and much-valuable match-winning knocks have done is that they’ve done a fair bit in elevating Sherfane Rutherford to a platform where his talent is being seen and hopefully noted even by the likes of a Kieron Pollard.

For remember, the Windies white-ball captain too will have some say in who gets to board the flight to the UAE in a few months’ time.

What would be truly fantastic is if in the next contest versus the Trinbago Knight Riders Rutherford can smash a few more runs, hopefully by virtue of big hits just the way he’s so beautifully been doing only so his future captain can take note and form a positive opinion.

At the same time, Rutherford’s fearlessness amplified by that vital 53, against Barbados Tridents, his first half-century this season, saw the leftie score runs against a probing attack featuring none other than Holder, Perera, Thomas and Amir.

While Oshane Thomas picked three wickets in the August 26 contest that his team won, Rutherford emerged as the top scorer, once again, standing head and shoulders above the others like the destructive Evin Lewis and even Chris Gayle.

Does he have Gaylestorm’s signature of approval as a future resource the Windies white-ball team could count on?

One wouldn’t deny that entirely.

But what’s also important to remember is that Rutherford has already demonstrated what he’s capable of at the international level well over a year ago when he hadn’t touched 22.

During Ireland’s tour of West Indies, in the 1st T20I, the only contest Ireland one on a dismal outing where West Indian heavy-hitting mowed down the visitors, Sherfane Rutherford had an early say in the series.

A 13-ball-26 was more than a cameo at number 6; it was an exhibition of clean hitting of a high class, the brave batter wasting no time whatsoever in carving Barry McCarthy for consecutive sixes, of which one was a literal one-handed swat over deep mid wicket fence for half a dozen.

Even Lara, known for his inclination toward executing one-handed sixes, on occasions, would have been proud at the shot that deserved to have been counted as the stroke of the T20I series that saw a tied result (1-1 with rain swallowing one game).

What was most interesting, however, during the 15 Jan, 2020 contest was the fact that the recent makeshift T20I captain and regular vice-captain, Pooran was at the other end observing Rutherford clawing at the Irish.

In the course of the imminent future, Sherfane Rutherford will have a few more opportunities to go out there and express himself and his backers would want nothing less than the bright talent to do exactly that fearlessly so, much like what one’s gotten around to see in 2021.

May the force be with Rutherford as also a possible chance to fly to the UAE!

Stunning Shepherd carries Guyana Amazon Warriors to thrilling Super Over win over TKR

The match belonged to Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Romario Shepherd. He first took 3 for 24 to restrict Trinbago Knight Riders to 138 for 9, then hit a nine-ball 18 to take Amazon Warriors to the same total, and finally conceded just four runs in the Super Over to help his side do the league-stage double over the defending champions.

Defending six runs in the Super Over, Shepherd first had Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard hole out first ball. Then he did not allow Colin Munro or Tim Seifert to hit a boundary off the other five balls. His all-round effort justifiably earned him a Player-of-the-Match award too.

Nicholas Pooran’s Amazon Warriors needed just 139 to win after Shepherd and offspinner Mohammad Hafeez picked three wickets each to restrict Knight Riders to a below-par total. Shepherd made the most damage in the first innings’ death overs removing Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Isuru Udana. Hafeez had made the early inroads by dismissing opener Sunil Narine, No. 3 Tion Webster and an off-colour Tim Seifert.

Colin Munro, who struggled with a 47-ball 40 in his team’s last CPL match found his form to anchor the innings with a 28-ball 32. However regular wickets never allowed the Knight Riders to push for a big total, and if it wasn’t for Udana’s nine-ball 21 in the slog overs, the Amazon Warriors might have been chasing a much lower total.

However, the Knight Riders fought back with the ball in the second innings powerplay. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Odean Smith fell in the first two overs to Ravi Rampaul’s deliveries that had a tendency to snake into the stump line after pitching. Shimron Hetmyer and Hafeez then began a rescue act, but the Pakistan international eventually perished for a 16-ball 30. Narine then had Hetmyer and Shoaib Malik caught behind in quick succession, and after Rampaul picked off Pooran and Brandon King in consecutive balls, it looked like the Knight Riders were going to win the contest.

It however needed the Amazon Warriors’ Nos. 9 and 10 to take them to a tie. Shepherd tonked two sixes and a four to score 18, and then Naveen-Ul-Haq hit a five-ball 13. Amazon Warriors needed two off the final ball to seal a one-wicket win, but a run out while searching for the double dragged the game to overtime.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 138 for 9 (Pooran 27, Rampaul 4-29, Narine 2-9) tied with Trinbago Knight Riders 138 for 9 (Munro 32, Hafeez 3-18, Shepherd 3-24)
Guyana Amazon Warriors win the one-over eliminator

(Story from ESPNcricinfo.com by Sreshth Shah)

Defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders to face Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2021 opener

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be held between August 26 and September 15, with all 33 games to be played at Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed. Last month, ESPNcricinfo had reported that CWI and the BCCI had reached an agreement for these dates following discussions about a potential clash with the second half of the IPL in September, and the consequent unavailability of West Indies’ players in the IPL, as well as staff and franchise owners who are involved in both tournaments.
The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28, and end on September 19, but that changed after the BCCI began talks with CWI and the CPL, immediately after it identified the September-October window for wrapping up the remainder of the postponed 2021 IPL.

The tournament will now be played entirely in a double-header format, and begins with a 10am EST game between Guyana Amazon Warriors and defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders, followed by a 7pm game between Barbados Tridents and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. There will be breaks on August 30, September 3, 6 and 10, before the league stage finishes with triple-headers on September 11 and 12. The semi-finals and final will take place on September 14 and 15 respectively.

All the games will be played in just under three weeks. The challenge for both CWI and the CPL is that there aren’t many free days in a packed home season. West Indies are currently playing a white-ball series comprising five T20Is and three ODIs against Australia, which will end on July 24. Three days later, the Pakistan tour kicks off with a five-match T20I series followed by two Tests, scheduled to end on August 24.

(Story from ESPNcricinfo)

Pooran to lead Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2021

Nicholas Pooran has been named as the new captain of Guyana Amazon Warriors ahead of the CPL 2021 season. The dashing ‘keeper-batsman will take over the reins from Chris Green, who has been released by the franchise. Along with Pooran, the Warriors have retained a total of 11 players from last year’s squad including the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Imran Tahir and Naveen Ul Haq. The big missing name is Mujeeb ur Rahman – the leading wicket-taker in 2020 with 16 wickets has been ignored.

Meanwhile, Andre Russell, who had a bittersweet relationship with the Tallawahs last year where he even indicated about leaving the team at the end of the tournament, will surprisingly stay with Jamaica along with fellow local stars – Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Fidel Edwards and promising youngster in Ryan Persaud being the seventh player to be retained by the franchise.

Two-time champions Barbados Tridents have retained skipper Jason Holder despite enduring a tough 2020 campaign where they lost 7 games and failed to qualify for the semis. Apart from Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop, Johnson Charles and Hayden Walsh Jr are the others to have been given the contract extension.

Defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders have parted ways with veteran Dwayne Bravo with the all-rounder being traded to St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. They’ve got back Denesh Ramdin in return and overall have managed to retain the majority of the team which won them the trophy last year. Kieron Pollard will remain captain while the leading run-scorer of the previous season, Lendl Simmons, who amassed 356 runs in 11 games last season, will continue to represent the Knight Riders, in addition to other big names like Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Sikandar Raza and Khary Pierre.

Another team that had a forgettable competition in 2020 was St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. The franchise was severely handicapped due to the absence of stars owing to Covid-19. They could muster just one win in 10 games and bagged the wooden spoon. However, the inclusion of seasoned campaigner Dwayne Bravo from TKR will be a shot in the arm for the Patriots. They have also successfully traded Sherfane Rutherford from Guyana in their bid to strengthen the batting.

The runners-up St Lucia Zouks will see a new skipper in this upcoming edition of CPL as Daren Sammy announced his decision to quit captaincy to assume the role of consultant and Brand Ambassador for the Zouks. Other prominent names to feature in the retained list are Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Rahkeem Cornwall and Roston Chase, who was the top run-getter for the franchise. But they have let go of the Afghanistan spin duo of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The reason behind this move being their busy International schedule. (Story from Cricbuzz)

Retained players:

St Lucia Zouks– Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Obed Mccoy, Mark Deyal and Javelle Glenn.

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots –Dwyane Bravo (from TKR), Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford (from GAW), Sheldon Cotrell, Rayad Emrit, Jon Russ Jaggesar, Dominic Drakes, Joshua Da SIlva

Barbados Tridents– Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh JR, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop

Guyana Amazon Warriors –Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Imran Tahir, Brendon King, Naveen Ul Haq, Romario Shephard, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd

Jamaica Tallawahs– Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Fidel Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul, Ryan Persaud

Trinbago Knight Riders – Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Sikandar Raza, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Dinesh Ramdin (From St Kitts), Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan

CPL to start on August 28; final on September 19

The 2021 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will start on August 28 with the final set for September 19, the organising committee has confirmed. Like the 2020 season, the entire tournament will be held in a bio-bubble with the tournament moving from Trinidad & Tobago to St. Kitts and Nevis, with all the 33 games set to be played at the Warner Park.

With its ability to attract some of the best cricketers across the world, the CPL has fast turned out to be one of the biggest T20 franchise tournament and its global viewership was estimated at 523 million in 2020, a steep 67% increase in numbers when compared to that of the 2019 edition of the tournament.

Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s COO, said: “It is really exciting to have the tournament window for 2021 confirmed and I would like to thank the St Kitts & Nevis government for agreeing to host this year’s event. We would also like to extend our thanks to Cricket West Indies for helping us create this window in a busy summer of cricket for them. We are looking forward to once again successfully staging the Hero CPL in 2021.”

This year’s tournament will bring the curtains down on a packed home calendar for West Indies which is set to host South Africa (2 Tests and 5 T20Is), Australia (5 T20Is and 3 ODIs) and Pakistan (5 T20Is and 2 Tests) across various islands. (Story from Cricbuzz)

Pooran, Hetmyer & Sinclair among 11 retained by Guyana Amazon Warriors

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have announced their retentions for the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League which gets underway in St Kitts & Nevis on 28 August.

The Amazon Warriors have retained 11 of the players who guided them to the semi-finals of the 2020 event. Nicholas Pooran made the only century of last year’s tournament and he will be back with the Warriors this year along with Shimron Hetmyer and Brandon King.

Kevin Sinclair has also been retained by the Amazon Warriors

The Warriors will also be welcoming back South African leg spinner Imran Tahir and Afghan fast bowler Naveen ul Haq.

The squad also features up and coming Guyanese players Kevin Sinclair and Ashmead Nedd, both of whom impressed in 2020 at their first Hero CPL.

The Amazon Warriors have six spots left to fill in their squad and these will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors management team said: ‘’The Management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise are very pleased to retain the core group of players which comprised our squad over the last two years. The Franchise is very appreciative of the retained players for their loyalty and commitment to the Guyana Amazon Warriors. It is the hope of the Franchise that with the majority of players being together over the last two tournaments, the team unity, camaraderie and support for one another in working towards a common goal and purpose will bring the desired result of winning the tournament this year.” (CPL Release)

Ross Taylor to bolster Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2020

Following the completion of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 Player Draft, all franchise squads have been completed with a number of overseas and Caribbean signings boosting each side.

Perennial bridesmaids, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have stuck with 13 players from last year’s squad which went undefeated during the round robin stage. However, they have added massive firepower to an already rampant batting line-up in the form of New Zealander Ross Taylor who is known for his swashbuckling approach to batting. Afghanistan’s 20-year-old right arm medium-fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq has also been added to the Warriors roster while Imran Tahir, Chris Green, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford have all been retained. Youngsters Ashmead Nedd and Kevin Sinclair have also made the cut.

Over in the Trinbago Knight Riders franchise, India’s Pravin Tambe is set to play in the CPL after being signed, a first for any Indian player. They have also retained Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and have signed New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza.

Defending champions, the Barbados Tridents, will have a dangerous spin duo after the acquisition of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan who will partner with Hayden Walsh Jr. Meanwhile Englishman Alex Hales and Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will also be part of the team. The other overseas signings are England’s Harry Gurney and Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have signed Australian duo Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk along with Ish Sodhi and Sohail Tanvir.

South African Rassie van der Dussen returns to the Patriots after a fruitful 2018 while Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell and captain Rayad Emrit all make returns.

After a horrorshow in 2019, the Jamaica Tallawahs have called up Carlos Brathwaite who was released by the Patriots. Nepalese leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi will also don the Tallawahs kit this year. Pakistani all-rounder Asif Ali also joins the line-up and leading run-scorer from last season, Glenn Phillips will suit up once again.

Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, and Oshane Thomas are among the locals who have been retained.

CPL 2020 Squads